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Nigger: It’s Six Frigging Letters

The other day I blogged on a couple of examples of woe-is-me perpetual victims with thin black skin.  Here’s another example.

“Huckleberry Finn,” first published in 1885, chronicles the journey of a rough-hewn, 13-year-old white boy and a runaway slave down the Mississippi River on a raft through the antebellum South. What’s wrong with the book, Clark, Phair and numerous other critics have said, is its use of the notorious “n” word—not once, not a few times, but more than 200 times.

“It’s not just a word,” said Clark, the guardian for her granddaughter. Both are African American.

“It carries with it the blood of our ancestors. They were called this word while they were lynched; they were called this word while they were hung from the big magnolia tree.

“That word, in the history of America, has always been a degrading word toward African Americans. When they were brought to America, they were never thought of as human beings in the first place, and this word was something to call a thing that wasn’t human.

“So that’s what they bring into the classroom to talk about. I just think it’s utterly unconscionable that a school would think it’s acceptable.”

Clark, who was president of the Parent-Teacher-Student Association at Renton High last year, took up the battle against “Huckleberry Finn” after Phair reported in April that her 11th-grade language arts teacher had assigned the book.

“I was humiliated and horrified that this book was being taught, when it has the word ‘nigger’ 215 times,” Phair said.

This is the result of raising generations of minorities in a PC world.  What they fail to realize is that insulting words only have power if the recipient gives it to them.  Take this blog, for example.  I honestly couldn’t care less if some left-wing asshat calls me a fascist or a warmonger or what have you.  I couldn’t care a whit if some black guy called me a cracker.  Those words have absolutely no power, no sway over me.  But thanks to Je$$e Jack$on, Johnny Cochran, and the rest of the racist misery merchants, we have a bunch of dumbasses who are so thin skinned that they need to ban a classic work of American literature, which is recognized by anyone with a brain to be a masterwork of anti-slavery, anti-racist writing.

Okay, that’s enough on this subject.  I’m off to organize a boycott of this company for their blatantly anti-white, anti-military name and logo.

Update: One more thought: it’s hard to take this kind of thing seriously when virtually every black pop cultural icon of the last ten years walks around using the word “nigger” every five seconds.  Banning the use of racial epithets in the classroom is one thing, nobody has a problem with that.  But to somehow impugn one of the world’s all-time great literary works because it happened to be written at a time when the word “nigger” was in common usage is simply asinine.  What better a situation to bring about a discussion of race issues than in the context of a discussion about this book?

Update 2: As a follow-up, take a look at this post.

Posted by Lee on 11/30/03 at 10:45 PM in Life & Culture • Permalink


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